Friday, October 17, 2008


“Help UNICEF save some lives”

PETOSKEY, MI With the lyrics, “Now I’m asking all of you, help us save some lives,” Beatle,George Harrison turned music in to a political and social force. August 1, 2008 marked the 37th anniversary of George Harrison’s historic Concert for Bangladesh, which pioneered the all-star-rock concert benefit model. Harrison set the precedent that music could be used to serve a higher cause. The concert for Bangladesh raised more than $15 million for UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund.

This Halloween, high school musicians from Petoskey, Michigan will follow in Harrison footsteps. The band, 'Third Coast,' will be debuting at a Halloween Benefit Concert at Stafford’s Perry Hotel in Petoskey on October 31, 2008. At 6:00 pm students will distribute Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF ‘orange boxes’. After seeking donations, students will return to the Perry Hotel for a Halloween Benefit from 7-10 pm.

'Third Coast' features Jake Keyser on drums, and Jesse Rumpca on lead guitar, Ronnie Jakuviak on bass guitar and Will Bednar on vocals. The rock band features ‘covers’ of The White Stripes, The Strokes, The Who, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and others. 'Soul Shine's' Brian Fischer will be assisting the students with the band's P.A. system and technical support. The UNICEF benefit concert is sponsored by ‘Community of Peace’ and the Perry Hotel.

‘Community of Peace’ began with a small group of students and parents from Petoskey, Michigan. Their vision is the creation of a sustainable future through community-based education. ‘Community of Peace’ seeks to serve as a catalyst for inter-generational learning by strengthen the bonds between parents and children, home and school, school and community, and community and global village.

UNICEF works in more than 150 countries and territories, helping to save, protect and improve the lives of children around the world through immunization, education, health care, nutrition, clean water and sanitation. A donation of $.03 can boost one child’s immune system and prevent blindness for one year with Vitamin A capsules. $.06 can provide one packet of oral re-hydration salts, preventing the leading cause of death among young children. $.50 can immunize a child against Polio for life. $1.05 can provide a child with pencil and paper to use in the classroom. UNICEF is the oldest children-to-children charity in the world.

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